Decision XV/39: Non-compliance with the Montreal Protocol by Nepal
The Fifteenth Meeting of the Parties decided in Dec. XV/39:
- To recall that in its decision XIV/23 the Fourteenth Meeting of the Parties noted that Nepal’s baseline for Annex A, group I substances is 27 ODP-tonnes. Nepal reported consumption of 94 ODP-tonnes of Annex A, group I substances in 2000 and consumption of 94 ODP-tonnes of Annex A, group I substances for the consumption freeze control period of 1 July 2000 to 30 June 2001. As a consequence, for the July 2000-June 2001 control period Nepal was in non-compliance with its obligations under Article 2A of the Montreal Protocol;
- To note that Nepal has subsequently reported that 74 ODP-tonnes of imports of CFCs have been detained by its customs authorities as the shipment lacked an import license, and that Nepal therefore wished to report the quantity as illegal trade under the terms of decision XIV/7;
- To congratulate Nepal on its actions in seizing the shipment and in reporting the fact to the Secretariat;
- To note also, however, that paragraph 7 of decision XIV/7 provides that “the illegally traded quantities should not be counted against a Party’s consumption provided the Party does not place the said quantities on its own market”
- To conclude, therefore, that if Nepal decides to release any of the seized quantity of CFCs into its domestic market, it would be considered to be in non-compliance with its obligations under Article 2A of the Montreal Protocol and would therefore be required to fulfil the terms of decision XIV/23, including submitting to the Implementation Committee a plan of action with time-specific benchmarks to ensure a prompt return to compliance;
- To request the Implementation Committee to review the situation of Nepal at its next meeting.